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John Echeverria Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School

May 21, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor John Echeverria.

Echeverria joined the VLS faculty in 2009 after serving 12 years as executive director of the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Before that, he was general counsel of the National Audubon Society and general counsel and conservation director of American Rivers, Inc. He also was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. After graduating with joint degrees from Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Echeverria served as law clerk to the Honorable Gerhard Gesell of the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

Echeverria has written extensively on the takings issue and other aspects of environmental and natural resource law. He has frequently represented state and local governments, environmental organizations, planning groups and others in regulatory takings cases and other environmental litigation at all levels of the federal and state court systems. In 2007, he received the Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association to recognize his lifetime achievements within the area of state and local government law.

During his first year at VLS, Echeverria taught three courses -- Water Resources, Property, and Climate Adaptation - and supervised a number of student writing projects. The climate adaptation seminar included issues ranging from coastal development and climate refugees to national security and insurance.

His scholarship over the past year included co-authoring a Stanford Environmental Law Journal article that summarized the experiences of the several states that have adopted takings legislation in the last few decades. He co-authored a chapter in the American Bar Association book Endangered Species Act: Law, Policy, and Perspectives on takings claims involving ESA regulations. He is completing an article on the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit in Casitas Municipal Water District v. United States, which will be published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. He also organized the 11th annual regulatory takings conference at VLS and co-sponsored by the National Association of State Attorneys General at Columbia Law School and the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program at Georgetown University Law Center. The conference is generating a number of articles that will fill all or most of a special volume of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. He continues to publish, now under a VLS imprint, his "takings net" publication, which compiles recent and noteworthy regulatory takings decisions from around the country.

Echeverria's service to VLS over the past year included serving on various committees, serving as a practice judge for students participating in moot court competitions, counseling students about employment opportunities, reaching out to potential employers in Washington, D.C., and advising leaders of the Vermont Law Review and VJEL on topics, authors and speakers they might pursue.

He also received a Certificate of Commendation for his assistance to the U.S. Department of Justice in regulatory takings cases over the years. He served as pro bono legal counsel and author of an amicus curiae brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Stop the Beach Renourishment on behalf of the American Planning Association and the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association. He served as pro bono legal counsel for the Natural Resources Defense Council in two takings cases pending in federal court arising from regulation of water interests for environmental purposes.

Echeverria also completed a number of media interviews on takings and other issues with The New York Times, the National Law Journal, The Oregonian, the Associated Press and other news outlets.

John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
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